According to a press release, Each year more than 750,000 New Jersey residents are in need of hunger relief, and every week approximately 87,000 people receive emergency food assistance through the Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s network of partner agencies. Tyson Foods, Inc., (NYSE:TSN) donated a truckload of much needed protein to the food bank’s southern branch, for the ninth consecutive year on June 15. The donation took place in conjunction with the ACF Professional Chef’s Association of South Jersey, honoring Professional Chef’s Week, June 15-19. The truck arrived at 10 a.m. and was unloaded with the help of several area member chefs.
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is the state’s largest supplier of donated food products, and distributes food and grocery items to the poor and hungry in 18 of New Jersey’s 21 counties. More than 400 charities throughout Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and parts of Burlington counties receive contributions from the southern branch warehouse in Egg Harbor Township. Through their efforts nearly 4 million pounds of food goes to support the poor, hungry and homeless of Southern New Jersey. “Every day we work to bring nutritious foods to the hungry in our communities. We are extremely grateful to Tyson Foods for this generous donation and the continued commitment that Tyson has shown to fighting
hunger in New Jersey,” said Evelyn Benton, southern branch director of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “This truckload of protein will provide more than 140,000 meals to those in our area during the next few months.”
This contribution is in support of the Professional Chef’s Association of South Jersey’s celebration of Professional Chef’s Week, June 15-19. The week featured various community events.
The Professional Chef’s Association of South Jersey (PCASJ), founded in 1972, is a local chapter of the American Culinary Federation, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping culinary professionals across the nation change the face of the industry for the better, and make positive contributions to local communities. Information on Professional Chef’s Week and the PCASJ is available at www.pcasj.com.
“With the current state of the economy and food banks seeing a rise in demand, Tyson is committed to supporting hunger-relief efforts across the country,” said Ed Nicholson, director of community relations for Tyson Foods. “All of our Team Members are proud to be part of the ongoing efforts.”
Since 2000, Tyson Foods has been a leader in the fight against hunger. The company is actively engaged in food donation events and fund-raising activities year-round to benefit those in need. So far Tyson has donated more than 54 million pounds of protein to hunger-relief organizations nationwide.
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest network of food banks, as well as a member of the New Jersey Federation of food banks. The FoodBank distributes over 21 million pounds of food and groceries a year, ultimately serving 1,656 non-profit programs including 436 programs served by its Partner Distribution Organizations. Through their combined efforts, they assist three-quarters of a million low-income people in 18 of New Jersey’s 21 counties. Visit njfoodbank.org for more information.
The Professional Chef Association of South Jersey is a chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF). The mission of the ACF is to make a positive difference for culinarians through education, apprenticeship and certification, while creating a fraternal bond of respect and integrity among culinarians everywhere. Membership includes executive chefs, pastry chefs, bakers, managers, culinary educators, sous chefs and cooks from Atlantic City and surrounding area. Visit www.pcasj.com for more information.
Tyson Foods, Inc. [NYSE: TSN], founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is the world’s largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. Tyson provides products and service to customers throughout the United States and more than 90 countries. The company has approximately 107,000. Team Members employed at more than 300 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. Visit www.tyson.com for more details.
Photo Caption (left to right): Evelyn Benton, director for Southern Branch Food Bank of New Jersey; David Goldstein, vice president for the Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey; Charlie Carroll, president of CDC Food Brokers; Beverly DiMeglio, casino specialist for CDC Food Brokers; and John Reardon, regional manager for Tyson Foods, Inc.